I don’t think so! Christmas is one of my favorite times of year so we will talk about it year round :). There are tons of Christmas traditions we all love–some parents are extra crafty and do all kinds of fun things while my basic struggle is getting my tree up before December 15!
An old tradition that has been super popular in the past few years is the Elf On The Shelf. I remember being quite amazed last years by the sheer creativity of moms and all the different situations and all the places the Elf would end up. I didn’t even try because my personal fear was that I would get the Elf, place him on the shelf and never see him again. (Hello people, I am the mother of two boys! They like to hide things.)
We were invited to NYC’s famous Dylan’s Candy Bar uptown to celebrate the Elf Birthday. Elf On The Shelf is one of the amazing sponsors of the Niche Parent Conference being held in Disney World on Oct 16-18. The Elf has many talents! Not only is the Elf available to bring magic for Christmas but he can bring Birthday magic too!
What is an easy way to teach numbers and get the kids excited about the birthday? The Cupcake countdown is a awesome calendar that you can put on the wall and move the cupcake to each number counting down to the special day! When done the back is a pin the candle on the cupcake game! What I love about this is that it totally can be reused for different birthdays, for different kids!
Birthday Chair Decoration Kit
The makers of Elf On The Shelf also make a really cute birthday chair decoration kit. The material is super durable, and it comes with interchangeable letters so that multiple kids can use it year after year. I loved that it wasn’t a cheapie material it was the hardcore tough yet pretty material that you can use over and over again.
Did you know that the elf comes in different genders and skin tones? The elf also takes on the personality of the family, so if you see the elf doing some crazy
creepy things, take that as the creativity of the family involved–the original tradition literally has the Elf On the Shelf during the holidays and there is magic that comes with him (or her!).
Elf On The Shelf Tradition
From the Elf On the Shelf Website:
The Elf on the Shelf® is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts a scout elf and gives it a name, the scout elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the scout elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their scout elf each morning.
There are two simple rules that every child knows when it comes to having a scout elf. First, a scout elf cannot be touched; Christmas magic is very fragile and if a scout elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole. Second, a scout elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! A scout elf’s job is to watch and listen.
I loved learning about the new birthday tradition and clarifying the real Elf On The Shelf tradition and I can’t wait to start both traditions with my kids this year! The birthday tradition Elf On The Shelf products are on sale all over the interwebs including WalMart, Amazon and on their website.
Did you know the real tradition behind Elf On The Shelf? Do you own an Elf? Is it really too early to be talking about Christmas??